"Other Studio" playlist from Dec. 2

I had a good time talking with Record Exchange owner Michael Bunnell about 30 years in business, plus sampling some of the interesting record store-exclusive CDs available. Here's what we spun. The album titles are in parentheses:

*Damien Rice, “Grey Room” (“Live at Fingerprints: Warts and All”)
*Brandi Carlile, “Turpentine” (“Live at Easy Street Records”)
*North Mississippi Allstars, “Shake ‘em on Down” (“Keep on Marchin’”) ... I mentioned on-air that the NM Allstars were coming to The Big Easy, but I couldn't remember the date. It will be Feb. 5, 2008.
*The Hold Steady, “Chips Ahoy” (“Live at Fingerprints”)
*Paul McCartney, “I Saw Her Standing There”(“Amoeba's Secret” vinyl)
*Josh Ritter, “Wolves” (“Live at the Record Exchange EP”)
*Wild Sweet Orange, “Wrestle with God” (self-titled)

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."


Yes, I wrote this. And, yes, weeks later I'm traveling with buddies to go see this.

I know, I know.

In the meantime, here's a clip of Eddie at NAMM back in January. He's cleaned up since -- he seems tanked when speaking at the end -- but even then, damn he can play:

Culture vulture roundup

*Thanks to Ian Astbury’s big mouth, we can all start saving money for a really expensive concert ticket next year: Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour! How much would you pay? $200? $300? $1,000?

*Can’t say I’m surprised that Josh Groban’s “Noel” album is No. 1.

*Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the BUFF! Sort of. Either way, I have a feeling that fans are wondering why Sarah Michelle Gellar thought a Maxim magazine cover was necessary at this point in her career.

*Earlier this year, I got an e-mail from the mother of Marilyn Manson’s ex-wife Dita Von Teese — her mom lives in the Treasure Valley — indicating that I wasn’t hard enough on Manson in a CD review. As a husband, Dita's mom implied, Manson was sort of a snake.

*Billie Piper is returning to “Doctor Who”! I’m not ashamed to say that makes me squeal like a little girl. And I know nobody cares about this in Idaho besides me besides me and the nerds who commented below. Heh.

Don’t let your Christopher Walken-hating boss know you’ve wasted 20 minutes rocking out on this awesome creation.

*Ever wonder what happened to the Dell Dude? Me neither. Still.

Still Truckin': Jason Isbell to rock Neurolux

It's confirmed: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will headline Feb. 1 at Neurolux. Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers, is touring in support of his solo CD, “Sirens of the Ditch” -- but he also does Truckers tunes in concert. Will Hoge and Jeremy Fisher open. The show goes on sale Dec. 1 for $10 at TicketWeb.

'Other Studio' playlist from Nov. 18

The Smiths, "How Soon Is Now"
My Bloody Valentine, "Only Shadow"
Ned's Atomic Dustbin, "Grey Cell Green"
James, "Laid"
Ash, "Girl From Mars"
Ride, "Vapour Trail"
Suede, "Metal Mickey"
The Sundays, "Here's Where the Story Ends"
The Stone Roses, "She Bangs the Drums"
The La's, "There She Goes"
New Order, "Regret"

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River." However, we will not air Sunday, Nov. 25, because we're on Thanksgiving holiday!

Don't go fishin' Jan. 23: Brad Paisley is coming

As I promised after reporting that country singer Brad Paisley probably was going to play the Idaho Center, here are additional details: The concert is confirmed. Paisley definitely is coming to Nampa on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. Ticket prices haven't been released — I expect that to happen next week — but the show is set to go on sale Saturday, Dec. 1 at ICTickets outlets.

George Carlin: Not a liberal, just anti-United States

Seventy-year-old comedian George Carlin has been booked at the Morrison Center on Jan. 18, 2008. Tickets are $42.

Here comes ... controversy.

A snippet of the phone conversation I had with Carlin prior to his last Boise gig in November 2003:

Me: You're known as a very liberal comic. Are you trying to change people's political views when you go out there? Do you have an underlying agenda?

George: No. First of all, I'm not liberal. I'm just about (being) anti-United States. I don't like the way this country operates. I think we've ruined this place. And I think it's largely because of businessmen. And businessmen are not liberals. So if that makes me a liberal, then that's just an association. It's not a choice. ...

The Almost-Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz

I only missed three questions. Seriously. Uhhhhh, no. I guess that's why they called it The Almost-Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz.

Good luck, music nerds. I'm still horrified about messing up Beatles trivia while rocking confidently through anything that had to do with '80s metal gunk like Def Leppard. The shame!

Extra credit: What adjective did Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis use to describe this question I asked him last year: "Does the sock still fit?" (And, no, the answer is not "stupid.")

'Other Studio' playlist from Nov. 11

1. The Killers w/Lou Reed, “Tranquilize”
2. Bloc Party, “Flux”
3. Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS), “Music is My Hot Hot Sex"
4. Rogue Wave, “Lake Michigan”
5. The Gossip, “Careless Whisper”
6. Radiohead, “Jigsaw Falling into Place”
7. Klaxons, “As Above, So Below” (Justice remix)
8. The Fiery Furnaces, “Ex-Guru”
9. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, “Stop the Bus”

"The Other Studio" airs at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM "The River."

For sale: Every bar in Boise

A rumor has made the rounds in Downtown Boise recently that Tom Grainey's/J.T. Toad's pub is for sale. It's been with the same family for decades. I left voice mails for the owner, but he didn't return the calls. (Swell.) Normally, I would say this indicates the rumor might be true. But maybe he's just on a really long fishing vacation. Whatever the case, I spoke to management at Grainey's who claimed it's not for sale. On the other hand, when does management anywhere know what the owner is up to?

"For sale" rumors get ignited about Downtown bars every other week or so. The Bouquet -- another Downtown staple with lots of history -- also has been rumored to be on the market in the past year or so. In reality, that club's owner just sold his side catering business and is now focusing exclusively on The Bouquet, which is improving its live-music offerings in cooperation with promoter Bravo Entertainment. Bravo, of course, operates The Big Easy, which plans to change its name in 2008.

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